Coms 361 F2002

Demonstration Speech Worth 7%

Due November 5th and 7th in Tutorials


A demonstration speech is only slightly different than an informational speech, in that it is usually a “how to do something” with the accompanying information as a set of instructions. The demonstration speech illustrates, explains, or shows us how to build, make, play, bake or do something. The range of demonstration speeches can be as varied as your imagination.

One of the important aspects of a demonstration speech is to rehearse, rehearse, and rehearse again. Make sure to time your demonstration each time. You are now not only mixing in audio-visuals but most of the time a demonstration entails the co-ordination of hands to give a rich “show and tell” experience.



·        To inform classmates about a topic or issue.

·        To effectively demonstrate something.

·        To develop a sense of timing and coordination of objects.

·        To create a vivid, clear and detailed picture in the listener’s mind about how to reproduce the demonstration the audience has just witnessed.


Speaker order: Order of speaking will not change unless another student is willing to change with you. Please recognize that you are expected to perform on the day that you are assigned or have a volunteer to replace you. If you are unprepared or absent a penalty will be applied as a one-mark deduction. (Absences need to be confirmed with a physicians note). Tuesday November 5th last names beginning from the letter A to the letter M. Thursday November 7th last names beginning from the letter O to Z.


Topic Selection: Select a topic that you find interesting and one that you think will interest your audience.


Delivery: This is not a manuscript speech. You should have only the briefest outline for the speech.


Coms 361 F2002

Demonstration Speech Worth 7%

Due November 5th and 7th in Tutorials






.5% Develop an attention-getting opening.

.5% Give a clear premise statement during the introduction.




.5% Use a sentence to move from introductory remarks to the first main point.

.5% Demonstrate, explain or support the main premise by an audio-visual.

.5% Explanations should be brief, simple and concrete.

.5% Weave the demonstration seamlessly into the main body of speech.




.5% Summarize or restate your main points.




.5% Enthusiasm?

.5% Eye contact?




.5% MAXIMUN 5:00 minutes, including set up time.




1% Was the demonstration instructional? Were the steps easy to follow?

1% Was the demonstration memorable. Did we learn something?